Georgia sees uptick in gas prices following temporary pipeline shutdown

The temporary shutdown of a large energy company is likely affecting gas prices, the American Automobile Association said. 

The national average for gas prices jumped six cents from last week's average to $2.96 per gallon, AAA reported. Three more cents would mean the highest average price per gallon in the U.S. since November 2014. 

AAA said prices are likely to climb higher this week because of Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline's shutdown following a ransomware attack

Gas prices in Georgia are below the national average but are still seeing an uptick. The average price per gallon in Georgia is $2.769 for regular gas or about 7 cents higher today than it was one week ago, according to AAA. 

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The average price per gallon in Atlanta is about three cents higher than the state average, according to GasBuddy

News broke Saturday Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline halted its operations after a ransomware attack. On Monday, the company said it was on track for "substantially restoring operational service" by the weekend.

Experts said a prolonged shutdown of operations could endanger the supply of fuel and affect prices at the pump.

Colonial Pipeline delivers an estimated 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast.

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